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Grateful Dead Live at Piedmont Park on 1969-07-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Piedmont Park on 1969-07-07

Topics Live concert

Morning Dew, Mama Tried > High Time > Casey Jones, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Lovelight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Piedmont Park
Location Atlanta, GA

Source Soundboard
Lineage Master Soundboard Cassette > Cassette > DAT > CDR > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Scott Clugston


unfortunately, Dark Star thru Lovelight would require an 86 minute disc,so, the the Dark Star > St. Stephen disc break was done with no fades or overlaps to facilitate a seemless "re-assembly".


Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2016
Subject: What a night! So glad it was captured.
This was a night to experience! (read about it here:
Hear Duane Allman's "yes there is a mountain" riff in Lovelight?
I'd seen the Dead before and many times afterwards, but this night broke through dimensions
Reviewer: grateful phishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2012
Subject: Very nice DS and Eleven ...
and a good solid Dew for 69. TC's contributions are evident throughout. Even the feedback in DS sounds right there. The 11 is solid, with one of the longest intro jams. I wish they hadn't stopped playing New Potato Caboose by this time; it could have taken up some of the excessive 37 minutes devoted to Lovelight.
Reviewer: jhirsch123 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2011
Subject: Beginning of Lovelight is AWESOME!
I just spent the last 4 evenings this week going through every lovelight there is just to find a version I have been craving and lost. Just found it tonight, thanks god. I never expected it to take this long... For this version not to be on the top 10 list, or even honorable mention, just for the guitar work from 2:30 to 4:06, is surprising (although that may be due to the quality of the recording?).

The sycopation that settles in with the drums at 00:16 is so groovy... Pig Pen's off-key "Whoa-no!" just as the guitar comes back in 1:56... it settles down and Jerry, at 2:30 seems to say get ready to live.... but nothing like the note of foreshadowing at 2:43... Then, after listening to so many, I realized this is one of the few versions where he stays on the high note at 2:49... and keeps teasing it. my favorite part in the whole piece is the double bend at 2:53... more descending scales... Drum change at 3:08... the another peak to the two note riff at 3:31... back and forth... absolutely incredible how it all fits together.

I can go to sleep now content...
Reviewer: JB - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2010
Subject: wow!
decent recording. not the best. first four songs are a little rough. and then great 69 dead! dark star eleven and lovelight are top-notch. as someone said you have to hear pig and the crowd during Lovelight.
Reviewer: PrimalXDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2010
Subject: 41 years and counting
What a great show to highlight how the sound this band was able to put together has aged so well.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2010
Subject: par for the course
as typical for the period, a GREAT DS>SS>11 combo. deadlists ranks the Dark Star as one of the best of '69, and i concur. Solid show all the way thru.
Reviewer: Tilley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2010
Subject: Hazy faded memories coming back
Pig pen pulled me up on stage and sat me in front of a rear floor monitor then found a beautiful dark haired woman child, pulled her up and sat her next to me.
There use to be twin houses on 14th I stayed in the house on the right. A true hippy crash pad.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 7, 1969 at Peidmont Park, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.


"This day in GRATEFUL DEAD History"

1969 Soundbard.

"Classic" 1969 Sound.

It's always nice to listen to the original GRATEFUL DEAD perform these songs the way we first heard them forty years ago. Back when Pigpen was the exciting part of the show...

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.
Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2009
Subject: 30 Years Ago This Weekend
I was 15 when I went to this festival in Atlanta and the day after party with the Dead.

What a time. What a celebration of freedom.
Reviewer: lantapop69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2008
Subject: I went to Grady in 1969
A great night! The first time I saw the Dead. on Pink Peace Sign.
Reviewer: LisaNewMexico - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2008
Subject: ToRupert47
Rupert - saw your review - I think I know you from those old Atlanta days - did you go to Grady and did you hang with Kathy (I think that was her name) at the house on 13th Street - or was it 12th?
Reviewer: davidaron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2007
Subject: ....And leave it on!
Man! This version of Lovelight is sick. Hear how Pig really works the crowd in this one. Show gets 5 stars for this tune and the audience alone!
Reviewer: TheEleven1969 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2007
Subject: great jamming from dark star down
Dark star is quality
Good show, the beginning of that eleven is a part of st stephen
Reviewer: Rupert47 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2007
Subject: I was there
This was a "thank you" free concert staged by the organizers of the first Atlanta Pop Festival which had gone off quite well a few days before. Opening for the Dead in Piedmont Park picnic pavilion were Delaney & Bonnie, Spirit and Chicago Transit Authority . . . amazing that this was taped! Pigpen was hobbling around with a cast on one of his legs . . . we drove to the bay area right after this show and later lived on St Stephen's Farm in Tenn
Reviewer: dcc292 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2006
Subject: 7-7-69
This rough and tumble show has good energy and a real fine Dark Star. Mama Tried is a bit of a trainwreck and Casey Jones is the old rough draft, only a notch above the version from 6/22/69.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: great show
sound quality not perfect, but absolutely fine. great playing.
Reviewer: tipsycat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2006
Subject: First Deadshow for A Generation X'er
This was my first Deadshow. Rode on My Dad's shoulders during most of the show. I was one year old! It took me 15 years to rediscover the dead. By that time the sound had changed, but the spirit remained! Now the spirit still manages to slip through tight fisted corporate fingers via this internet stream. Bob Weir in a penstripe suit? Hippy Flower Power Ideals bringing in hard cash on slick packed compact discs for a new generation of yuppies looking back to the past-perhaps looking back and wondering what the spirit was that they don't grasp though tight fists grabbing for hard cash? Keep on streaming!
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2005
Subject: Wow.
This is a very underrated Dead show. Apparently this was a free concert, and due to the band's lack of pressure to do well (not that there was much anyway) they pulled off an incredible show, bursting with energy. However, the first several songs are rough, with the exception of a very early Casey Jones (with a different intro and instrumental sections) and High Time and Morning Dew have some very rough Jerry vocals.
But the Dark Star is fantastic, and the beginning jamming is landmark, taking 13:32 (!) to hit the first verse. Hear the audience go nuts, it's that good. I still prefer 11/2/69's Star, but this one is damn close. Amazing 37-minute Lovelight to close out this show.
Plus, this is one of those shows that has DICK'S PICKS written all over it. Though the quality is very raw with considerable hiss, that could be cleaned up for a Dick's Picks. Smoking show.
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2004
Subject: Very underrated true...
Just the pure story behind this show makes the notes rip through you harder. The sound quality isn't excellent, but nothing that will keep you from listening to it again. Truthfully an amazing show all the way from the first track to the last...not something that can always be said for dead shows. Recording quality is dwarfed by the actual quality of sound that the dead display. Their notes are spot on and flawless. Very clear and focused show. I love it.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: feedback
nice dark star...too bad they were getting terrible feedback during the first 15 minutes....why wasn;t this mentioned in the 1st review? great playing once again.....nice quality too except for the feedback..
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